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    Bolsonaro’s dismantling in Brazil: a threat for both the environment and the economy

Bolsonaro’s dismantling in Brazil: a threat for both the environment and the economy

MSc Environment and Development candidates, Cristiane Mazzetti and Júlia Bussab Fonseca, pick apart Bolsonaro’s efforts to dismantle environmental policies in Brazil and the impact this has had on the international commodities market. 

Leveraged by a massive popular dissatisfaction with the economic and political crisis in Brazil, the far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro was elected with the declared intention of recovering the economy. Since the electoral […]

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    Integrating science, technology and health policies in Brazil

Integrating science, technology and health policies in Brazil

Professor Ken Shadlen summaries a recent paper he, Elize Fonseca (FGV-Sao Paulo) and Francisco Bastos (FIOCRUZ) co-authored for the Journal of Latin American Studies, which looks at the role of public health professionals as agents of reform within the Ministry of Health in Brazil. 

Integrating the goals of improving health systems with initiatives to foster science and technological (S&T) development […]

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    The Racial Dimensions Of “Nature”: Environmental Justice and CO2lonialism in Brazil

The Racial Dimensions Of “Nature”: Environmental Justice and CO2lonialism in Brazil

Racial thinking shapes the spaces in which we live and the way we perceive the environment. The concept of “race” is inseparable from contemporary environmental issues and linked to colonial legacies. In Brazil, racial discrimination is deeply intertwined with development and the protection of the Amazon. Guest blogger, Arzucan Askin tells us more. 

The linkages between climate change, colonialism, and capitalism […]

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    Brazil’s Fight against Hepatitis C — Universalism, Local Production, and Patents

Brazil’s Fight against Hepatitis C — Universalism, Local Production, and Patents

In his recent short essay for the New England Journal of Medicine, Professor Ken Shadlen and co-authors examine three aspects of Brazili’s pioneering approach to the treatment of Hepatitis C virus (HCV). 

Brazil has been a pioneer in AIDS treatment, expanding access to key drugs and care. It has served as a model for other developing countries, showing that prevention and […]

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To gut the Amazon, Bolsonaro needs local help

The Brazilian president-elect can’t pursue his environmental policies on his own. After this weekend’s state elections, he’ll have the backing he needs. Professor Kathy Hochstetler explains: 

Over the weekend, the ultra-conservative candidate Jair Bolsonaro handily beat his opponent, Fernando Haddad of the Workers’ Party (PT), in the second round of the Brazilian presidential elections.

For a campaign season characterized more by rhetoric […]

Why is nobody talking about prisons?

Alumnus and 2017 MSc Development Management graduate, Debora Zampier, investigates why the crises in prison management are neglected by state policy, and uses Brazil as a case study to offer alternative ways to approach the subject that takes authority, incentives and accountability (AIA) mechanisms into consideration.

This research has been summarised from her Master’s thesis, ‘Nobody’s fault’: investigating institutional causes of prisons’ mismanagment, which was […]

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    Can We Count on Improved Accountability Through ICTs?: The Brazilian Case

Can We Count on Improved Accountability Through ICTs?: The Brazilian Case

MSc students Chengxue Yang, Kuranda Morgan, Minjee Kim, Qihua Huang and Wishchapol Techawiwattanarkarn, use the case of the electronic voting system in Brazil to analyse whether technology can improve accountability. This article is a summary of their recent group research project for Policy, Bureaucracy and Development (DV450).

In October 2018, Brazilians will go to the polls to once again elect a new president […]

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    Odebrecht in the Amazon: comparing responses to corruption in Latin America

Odebrecht in the Amazon: comparing responses to corruption in Latin America

Professor Kathryn Hochstetler suggests that the Odebrecht scandal reveals not only the extent of corruption in public contracts and elections in Latin America, but also the widely varying capacity and inclination of different political systems to respond.

Odebrecht, the massive Brazilian construction firm, has confessed to an equally massive corruption scheme. A special office inside the company was set up to bribe national […]

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    Promoting and Regulating Generic Medicines: Brazil in Comparative Perspective

Promoting and Regulating Generic Medicines: Brazil in Comparative Perspective

In a recent publication, Professor Ken Shadlen (along with Elize Fonseca), uses Brazil as a case study for a suggested typology to compare national approaches towards the promotion and regulation of generic drugs.  

Differences in countries’ practices with regard to “generic” drug regulation can have far-reaching implications on the supply of medicines and health outcomes. Generic drug regulations can promote (or restrict) competition and […]

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    Thomas Piketty on inequality in developing countries – Duncan Green

Thomas Piketty on inequality in developing countries – Duncan Green

I heard econ rock star Thomas Piketty speak for the first time last week – hugely enjoyable. The occasion was the annual conference of the LSE’s new International Inequalities Institute, with Piketty headlining. He was brilliant: original and funny, riffing off traditional France v Britain tensions, and reeling off memorable one liners: ‘meritocracy is a myth invented by winners’; […]